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University Park competition soccer fieldCourtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
Women's Soccer Notes, Aug. 15, 2012
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:08/15/2012
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Head Coach:  Dave Lombardo, 23rd JMU season, 271-170-32; 30th career season, 349-205-40

This Season:  0-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 in Colonial Athletic Association

Last Season (2011):
  8-8-3 overall, 5-5-1 (tied sixth regular-season) in CAA

Last Week:
JMU played two preseason exhibitions.  The Dukes
lost 1-0 at 24th-ranked (Soccer America) Virginia Tech on Aug. 9 and tied Virginia Commonwealth 1-1 on Aug. 12 at University Park.

This Week:
Marshall at JMU
When:  Sunday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.
Where:  University Park (directions below)
Admission:  Free
Parking:  Free
Multimedia:  Live Stats | Free Live Videostreaming on JMUSports.com.  Pregame begins at 6:45 p.m. Coverage is in HD and includes commentary by Curt Dudley, three camera angles, graphics, and replay. The file will also be archived for future viewing. (NOTE:  MadiZONE does require registration for the viewer.)

Driving Directions to University Park:
From the North, Interstate 81
Take exit 247A to merge onto US-33 E/E Market St toward Elkton (traveling 0.8 miles)
At second stoplight, turn right onto University Blvd (traveling 0.7 miles)
At third stoplight, turn left onto Reservoir St (traveling 0.2 miles)
At first stoplight, turn right onto Neff Ave (traveling 0.6 miles)
Travel 0.6 miles, then turn right into parking lot entrance at 1325 Neff Avenue.
From the South, Interstate 81
Take exit 245, Port Republic Road
At exit ramp stoplight, turn right onto Port Republic Road (traveling 0.8 miles)
At third stoplight, turn left onto Neff Ave (traveling 0.4 miles)
Travel 0.4 miles, then turn left into parking lot entrance at 1325 Neff Avenue.

Scouting Marshall:  The Thundering Herd opens its season at home against Ball State on Aug. 17 before traveling to Harrisonburg to face the Dukes.  The Conference USA member school returns seven starters from its 2011 team that compiled a 4-12-3 record. The Herd was picked to finish 11th in the 12-team league, as voted by the league's coaches.

The Series with MarshallJMU and Marshall have never met in women's soccer.

First Season at University ParkJMU's soccer, lacrosse and track and field programs begin a new era this season with the opening of the University Park athletic and recreation complex.  The Dukes' women's soccer team will play the first regular-season game at UPark when JMU hosts Marshall on Aug. 19.
     The 85-acre facility, located at the corner of Port Republic Road and Neff Avenue, features a fully-lighted, irrigated soccer/lacrosse competition field with a Patriot Bermuda grass playing surface. The playing field is circled by a competition track, which was installed by Beynon Sports. The competition facility has spectator seating for 1,500, a press box, a sound system and an LED scoreboard.
    Adjacent to the competition field are two fully-lighted practice fields, one with an irrigated Patriot Bermuda grass surface and the other with a synthetic surface that is an Astroturf MT product. Areas for track and field throws competitions are also part of the facility.
     The complex also includes areas for the university's student recreation program that includes a multipurpose synthetic turf, measuring 400' x 620', four tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and two basketball courts. All areas of the complex are lighted for night use.

Preseason All-CAA:  Four Dukes received preseason All-CAA accolades.
     Junior forward Lauren Wilson and junior defender Becky Sparks were named to the preseason All-CAA Team by both the CAA and the website College Sports Madness.  Senior midfielder Katie Menzie earned All-CAA Honorable Mention from the CAA, and sophomore defender Shannon Rano was named to the College Sports Madness All-CAA Second Team.
     The CAA's All-CAA honors were voted by the league's head coaches
.

Dukes Picked to Finish Second in CAAJMU was selected by CAA coaches to finish second in the CAA standings in 2012.  William and Mary was the unanimous choice to repeat as CAA champion.

2012 CAA PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. William & Mary (10 first-place votes), 100
2. James Madison, 81
3. Hofstra, 79
4. Northeastern, (1 first-place vote), 76
5. Delaware, 64
6. George Mason, 60
7. Drexel, 35
8. Old Dominion, 34
9. UNCW, 28
10. Georgia State, 25
11. Towson, 23

(Teams received 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.)

National Rankings:  Two Dukes' regular-season opponents and one preseason opponent are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest national polls.  JMU's ranked or vote-getting opponents include Virginia, William and Mary and Virginia Tech.
 
JMU Opponents in the National Polls (Preseason)
School, Game Date, Site (Result), Ranking*
Virginia Tech, Aug. 9 (preseason), away (L 0-1), 22 | nr
Virginia, Sept. 9, away, 7 | 7
William and Mary, Sept. 23, away, 20 | votes
*
NSCAA | Soccer America

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